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Accident: 170234819 - Employee Killed When Struck By Flying Tree Limb

Accident: 170234819 -- Report ID: 1055350 -- Event Date: 01/29/1991
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11147518201/29/19919199City Of Yakima
At approximately 8:30 a.m. on January 29, 1991, Employee #1 was felling a 70 ft tall, approximately 3 1/2 ft diameter maple tree. A cable from a backhoe was attached to the tree to help control the direction of the fall. Employee #1 had made the back cut, and as the maple began to fall, he stepped back approximately 30 ft southeast of the stump. The upper limbs of the falling tree struck against another maple approximately 35 ft to the northeast. A limb broke off of the maple being felled, flipped back, and struck Employee #1. He sustained a fractured skull, a broken nose, fractured ribs, a fractured left leg, and internal injuries. Employee #1 was transported to the hospital, where he died approximately 6 hours later.
Keywords: fracture, head, tree felling, tree limb, work rules, skull, rib, struck by, flying object, leg
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 111475182 Fatality Fracture Groundskeepers and gardeners, except farm

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